August 13, 2016 4:29:57 am
New facts have emerged in the hit-and-run case involving a teenager, who allegedly ran over a marketing executive while driving his father’s Mercedes. Citing this, the prosecution Friday sought time from a court for further investigation.
Though the trial in the case began before Sessions Judge Vimal Kumar Yadav, Special Public Prosecutor Atul Kumar Shrivastava moved a fresh application seeking further probe.
During investigation, police came across an incident of speeding against the teenager. According to the investigating officer, the boy was challaned for driving over permissible speed limit in September last year. The boy had allegedly shown a forged driving licence to traffic police after he was stopped. When challaned, he had shown his driving licence and claimed it was issued in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh.
Shrivastava said, “When the licence number was sent to the authorities in Etawah, they sent a report saying they hadn’t issued any such licence in the boy’s name. Therefore, these new facts need further investigation.”
Appearing for the teenager, senior advocate Ramesh Gupta and advocate Rajiv Mohan opposed the application. Further arguments have been fixed for September 5.
The defence had started its arguments, saying that negligence could be seen on part of the victim as he had suddenly came in front of the vehicle and tried crossing the road. The senior lawyer also argued that the victim did not use the zebra crossing demarcated for pedestrians.
In their chargesheet, police had said the boy had fatally run over the victim, Siddharth Sharma, with his father’s Mercedes when Sharma was trying to cross a road near Ludlow Castle School in north Delhi on April 4.
It is a first of its kind case since the amendment in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015, which allowed the Juvenile Justice Board to transfer cases of heinous offences by children to the sessions court. As per section 2(33) of the Act, “heinous offences” include offences for which minimum punishment under IPC or any other law for the time being in force is imprisonment for seven years or more.
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